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NCJ Number: 120757 Find in a Library
Title: Woman Battering: The Facts
Corporate Author: National Ctr on Women and Family Law
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 42
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr on Women and Family Law
New York, NY 10003
Publication Number: ISBN 0-929396-02-2
Sale Source: National Ctr on Women and Family Law
799 Broadway
Room 402
New York, NY 10003
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Results of research on the physical, psychological, and economic abuse of women form the basis of this summary of current knowledge about the nature and extent of the problem, the characteristics of perpetrators and victims, the social costs of abuse, and effective interventions.
Abstract: Most abuse victims are women. All forms of abuse usually recur and become increasingly frequent and severe over time unless outside intervention occurs. In addition, the abuse typically continues and escalates after the breakup of the relationship. Abusers look and act normal, while victims may either look hysterical or act lovingly toward the abuser. Abusers come from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, religions, personality types, and family and educational backgrounds. Children experience long-term emotional disturbance and show stress-related physical symptoms as a result of women abuse involving their parents. Abuse intimidates the victim and reduces her ability to represent or even identify her interests. Thus, battered women's advocates and justice officials have come to realize that battering will stop only when batterers are held for their actions through legal sanctions.
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abused women; Legal remedies for battered women
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